ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large tan head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate, aniseed, hazelnut and latte make up the aroma. Mild herbal hops and strong liquorice up front segue into bitter cocoa and smooth latte in the mid-palate. Roasty malt, burnt caramel and hazelnut come in at the finish, with persistent cocoa bitterness lasting right through to the aftertaste. This is a very impressive imperial stout. It is strong, complex and highly enjoyable: all the things an imperial stout should be.
4theluvofbeer (52) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really thick pour with a nice tan head. Rich full body taste..dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. A very good Russian Imperial Stout.
bcBelgianbrew (79) - , British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured thick, creamy mocha head, black as night. Bitter, smokey, big, and bold. Aftertaste is strong and lingers. I wanted to enjoy it more than I did. Again I’ve got one more bottle. Tried it alongside an 18 Ola Dubh. Or Russian Imperials just aren’t my thing.
ametras (215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
 341ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a huge creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted and caramel malts, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, wood, licorice and vanilla. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, roast, bourbon and vanilla. Dry roasty and bitter finish Full body, soft carbonation, velvety smooth.
shaynsawchuk (360) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 mL bottle. Pours black with a creamy khaki head that leaves lots of lace. Dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, smoky oak and roasted malt. Rich and full bodied with a lingering mouth feel and lasting bitterness. Lightly sweet with a big bitter back bone. Sticky on the palate with moderate carbonation, only a slight hint of alcohol. A well balanced giant of a beer.
teddybeer (2097) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Thanks to Glouglouburp]. Bottle. Black colour with a tan head with short duration and medium lacing. Aroma has notes of coffee beans, black chocolate, coconut, light vanilla with roasted malts and bourbon notes. Flavor has notes of roasted and burnt malts, black chocolate and coffee, strong bourbon notes that remains in the mounth for a long time; slightly sweet at the beginning with a moderate bitterness in the final ad aftertaste, some licorice and vanilla hints. The final is strongly alcoholic joined with coffee and bourbon notes and dry sensation.
mutronics (21) - st-lazare, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, consumed in 2013.black, nice thick brown head. bourbon and burnt grain nose. silky in mouth with nice bitterness. can feel the heat of alcohol. long lasting burnt taste. i love this one, very recomandable
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sudomorph (380) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
-2013- bottle drank Nov 8, 2013. Happy International Stout Day!
Looks fricking great! Pours black as midnight with a thick and creamy, one finger, mocha head that slowly fades to a film. Leaves mild lacing.
Aroma is noticeable from a foot away. Big notes of bitter and milk chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Everything balanced and not over done.
Taste starts with chocolate, roasted malt, and bourbon, then ends in a big, almost espresso, bitter. Roasty/chocolaty aftertaste with a dry finish.
Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Creamy in the mouth with a very slight alcohol warmth. Not nearly as sweet or cloying as other Imperial stouts I’ve had. This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable.
Overall fantastic and should be tried by all. A warm and inviting aroma paired with a sublime taste delivered with an "oh so drinkable" mouth feel. This is what I will compare all Imperial stouts to from now on.
As hard as it is for me to believe I’ve heard that this gets better with age. I can’t wait to try some vertical tasting with the 2011, 2012, and 2013 bottles when the 2014 comes out.
If you can get this, get it and get a few. It is worth the price and worth stocking up on. I WILL be buying more!
hangunder (193) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of the bottle in a super viscous way, beautiful brown head. Bourbon notes, dark malt, caramel sweetness and milk chocolate in the aroma. Smells great too. Taste is very well balanced, upfront some bourbon notes and dark malt, finishes with some espresso notes, a good amount of hop bitterness and a slight sweetness. Quite viscous and heavy bodied. A pretty great RIS.
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2013, bottle, 341 ml, in a cardboard tube, gift from the brewery, received on October 13 2013, savoured on October 28 2013; eye: roasted barley, coffee, black chocolate, peat, iodine, light burnt barley, soy sauce, light alcohol, slight bourbon, slight woody; nose: malt, caramel, light Madeira; mouth: roasted barley, black coffee, chocolate, peat, iodine, burnt barley, pleasant acridness, soy sauce, light alcohol, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, light bourbon, slight woody, dry finale in roasted barley with burnt barley, full body, below-average carbonation, quite bitter, oily texture; overall: fine
Millésime 2013, bouteille, 341 ml, dans un tube en carton, cadeau de la brasserie, reçu le 13 octobre 2013, savourée le 28 octobre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, belle mousse brun foncé qui se transforme en un petit anneau, très légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat noir, tourbe, iode, léger orge brûlé, sauce soya, léger alcool, très léger bourbon, très léger boisé; bouche : orge torréfiée, café noir, chocolat, tourbe, iode, orge brûlée, âcreté plaisante, sauce soya, léger alcool, léger vanille, chaleur d’alcool, léger bourbon, très léger boisé, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence d’orge brûlée, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, pas mal amère, texture huileuse; en résumé : bien